History Literature / Holes

24th Sep '16 10:26:28 PM dmeagher13
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** The whole plot about the curse on Stanley's family also fits this: there's no definitive proof that Madame Zeroni had magical powers and could curse Elya, and the Yelnats family could have simply had spectacularly bad luck by coincidence up until Stanley carried Hector up the mountain.
18th Sep '16 2:45:35 AM Cronosonic
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** The [[PoliceAreUseless drunken sheriff]] who tries to pressure Kate into kissing him in exchange for preventing the Green Lake citizenry from mobbing Sam is visited by Kate the morning after, who tells him she's changed her mind about the kiss. Then she pulls a gun on him, [[OhCrap gives him barely a moment to react]] before [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor she shoots him dead, and leaves a lipsticked kiss on his corpse.]] This inspires her to do the same to her future victims as Kissin' Kate Barlow, being a thorn in the side of law enforcement for the next twenty years.
8th Sep '16 7:43:36 AM firejewel
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* TheDogBitesBack: Zero gets fed up of Pendanski continuously insulting him and when Pendanski gives him a shovel, telling him it will all he will ever be good for, Zero snaps and knocks Pendanski out by whacking him across the face with it.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Zero gets fed up of Pendanski continuously insulting him and when Pendanski gives him a shovel, telling him it will be all he will ever be good for, Zero snaps and knocks Pendanski out by whacking him across the face with it.



--> '''Stanley:''' "''Excuse'' me?"

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--> '''Stanley:''' "''Excuse'' me?"''Excuse'' me?



* RepeatWhatYouJustSaid: Stanley's grandfather asks Zero him to confirm if he just said [[spoiler:his last name is Zeroni, realizing his grandson had fulfilled his cheating ancestor's bargain and lifted the family curse.]]

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* RepeatWhatYouJustSaid: Stanley's grandfather asks Zero him to confirm if he just said [[spoiler:his last name is Zeroni, realizing his grandson had fulfilled his cheating ancestor's bargain and lifted the family curse.]]



* WealthyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Downplayed. In the book, Stanley and Zero each receive a little less than a million dollars due to the value of the papers from the treasure chest.]]
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Miss Katherine, the white school teacher, fell in love with Sam, the black onion farmer. They're spotted kissing and when the people heard, they stormed Katherine's schoolhouse. Miss Katherine ran to the sheriff's office but her told her that it's against the law for a Negro to kiss a white woman. Katherine tried to get away with Sam but they shot and killed him.

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* WealthyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Downplayed. In the book, book (but played fully straight in the film), Stanley and Zero each receive a little less than a million dollars due to the value of the papers from the treasure chest.]]
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Miss Katherine, the white school teacher, fell in love with Sam, the black onion farmer. They're spotted kissing and when the people heard, they stormed Katherine's schoolhouse. Miss Katherine ran to the sheriff's office but her he told her that it's against the law for a Negro to kiss a white woman. Katherine tried to get away with Sam but they shot and killed him.
25th Aug '16 6:50:29 PM TastySauce
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In 2003, it was made into a fairly faithful film by Walt Disney Pictures; the scriptwas also written by Sachar. It was directed by Creator/AndrewDavis (of ''Film/TheFugitive'' fame) and stars Creator/ShiaLaBeouf as Stanley, Creator/SigourneyWeaver as [[BigBad the Warden]], Creator/JonVoight as [[TheDragon Mr. Sir]] and a good deal of other notable actors in bit parts.

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In 2003, it was made into a fairly faithful film by Walt Disney Pictures; the scriptwas script was also written by Sachar. It was directed by Creator/AndrewDavis (of ''Film/TheFugitive'' fame) and stars Creator/ShiaLaBeouf as Stanley, Creator/SigourneyWeaver as [[BigBad the Warden]], Creator/JonVoight as [[TheDragon Mr. Sir]] and a good deal of other notable actors in bit parts.
15th Aug '16 3:21:42 PM gjjones
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* Dedication: The film is dedicated to Scott Plank, who died during post-production.

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* Dedication: {{Dedication}}: The film is dedicated to Scott Plank, who died during post-production.
15th Aug '16 3:21:27 PM gjjones
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* Dedication: The film is dedicated to Scott Plank, who died during post-production.
14th Aug '16 4:33:50 AM morenohijazo
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* NoahsStoryArc: Joked about. The kids see a cloud in the sky, the first they've ever seen in this arid desert, and start joking about how they need to start building an ark. It's all just to get their hopes up, as Camp Green Lake hasn't had rain for a hundred years. [[spoiler:It rains at the end just as the attorney general closes the camp]].
12th Aug '16 9:54:32 PM KizunaTallis
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In 2003, it was made into a fairly faithful film by WaltDisney Pictures; the script also written by Sachar. It was directed by Creator/AndrewDavis (of ''Film/TheFugitive'' fame) and stars Creator/ShiaLaBeouf as Stanley, Creator/SigourneyWeaver as [[BigBad the Warden]], Creator/JonVoight as [[TheDragon Mr. Sir]] and a good deal of other notable actors in bit parts.

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In 2003, it was made into a fairly faithful film by WaltDisney Walt Disney Pictures; the script scriptwas also written by Sachar. It was directed by Creator/AndrewDavis (of ''Film/TheFugitive'' fame) and stars Creator/ShiaLaBeouf as Stanley, Creator/SigourneyWeaver as [[BigBad the Warden]], Creator/JonVoight as [[TheDragon Mr. Sir]] and a good deal of other notable actors in bit parts.



* TheFilmOfTheBook: Came out in 2003 and very faithful (helped in great part by Louis Sachar himself writing the screenplay).

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Came out in 2003 and very faithful to the source material (helped in great part by Louis Sachar himself writing the screenplay).



** Kissin' Kate [[spoiler: (formerly known as Miss Katherine)]] became the infamous bank robber history remembers her as because her black lover was lynched.

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** Kissin' Kate [[spoiler: (formerly known as Miss Katherine)]] Barlow was a sweet and normal school teacher who made delicious spiced peaches and only became the infamous bank robber history remembers her as because her black lover was lynched.



* GoldDigger: Linda Miller, one of Kate Barlow's former students, evidently was one as she only married Trout Walker for his money, only for the family to go from RichesToRags when the drought hit Green Lake.

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* GoldDigger: Linda Miller, one of Kate Barlow's former students, evidently was one as she only married the much older Trout Walker for his money, only for the family to go from RichesToRags when the drought hit Green Lake.



* [[spoiler:HappyRain: At the end, after a century of curse-induced drought, it begins to rain at Camp Green Lake.]]

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* [[spoiler:HappyRain: HappyRain: At the end, after end of the movie, [[spoiler:after a century of curse-induced drought, it begins to rain at Camp Green Lake.]]Lake and the guys happily dance in it for a while before Stanley and Zero have to depart]].



* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Near the end of ''Holes'', [[spoiler:as Stanley and Zero are being driven home from Camp Green Lake]], Zero openly admits that [[spoiler:he committed the theft Stanley was wrongly arrested for]]. Their driver and legal counsel turns in her seat and tells him: "I didn't hear that. And I advise you to make sure I don't hear it again."

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* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Near the end of ''Holes'', end, [[spoiler:as Stanley and Zero are being driven home from Camp Green Lake]], Zero openly admits that [[spoiler:he committed the theft Stanley was wrongly arrested for]]. Their driver and legal counsel turns in her seat and tells him: "I didn't hear that. And I advise you to make sure I don't hear it again."



--> '''Miss Katherine:''' It's so hot, Sam, but I feel so cold…

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--> '''Miss -->'''Miss Katherine:''' It's "It's so hot, Sam, but I feel so cold…cold..."



--> '''Stanley:''' ''Excuse'' me?
* {{Irony}}: When a woman spotted Katherine and Sam kissing each other, she tells them "God will punish (them)!" After Sam was murdered, it stopped raining at Green Lake, with the town and surrounding area drying up and becoming a barren desert. Who did God punish, indeed?

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--> '''Stanley:''' ''Excuse'' me?
"''Excuse'' me?"
* {{Irony}}: When a local woman spotted Katherine and Sam kissing each other, other (in the book; Trout was the witness in the movie), she tells them "God will punish (them)!" After Sam was murdered, it stopped raining at Green Lake, with the town and surrounding area drying up and becoming a barren desert. Who did God punish, indeed?



** Trout spent the rest of his days digging for treasure and never finding, poor and loveless.

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** Trout spent Walker was one of the people to lead and spearhead the town's mob against Katherine and Sam. He winds up broke during the drought and spends the rest of his days digging for a treasure and never finding, poor and loveless.finding it.



* LegendFadesToMyth: The main character says that he had a great-great-grandfather who had stolen a pig from a one-legged Roma woman, and she put a curse on him and all his descendants. The book tells us that it was actually that his great-great-grandfather had been given a pig by an old Egyptian woman missing a foot--who was also a friend of his. He was supposed to carry her up a mountain and let her drink from a stream. If he failed to do this he and his descendants would be doomed for all of eternity.

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* LegendFadesToMyth: The main character says that he had a great-great-grandfather who had stolen a pig from a one-legged Roma woman, and she put a curse on him and all his descendants. The book tells us that it was actually that his great-great-grandfather had been given a pig by an old Egyptian woman missing a foot--who was also a friend of his. He was supposed to carry her up a mountain and let her drink from a stream. If However, he failed to do this and he and his descendants would be doomed for all of eternity.cursed with bad luck forever.



** The film script was originally written by Richard Kelly, the man who wrote and directed DonnieDarko. Luckily the studio decided to change writers and go for a much lighter script. The original script can be found [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwUSwyPf6LRDZ0NUT2ZLYjRXVFk/view here]].

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** The film script was originally written by Richard Kelly, the man who wrote and directed DonnieDarko. ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and it was very radically different from the book to the point of InNameOnly. Luckily the studio decided to change writers and go for a much lighter and more faithful script. The original script can be found [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwUSwyPf6LRDZ0NUT2ZLYjRXVFk/view here]].



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the scene with Kate where she's dying of dehydration in the desert, Sam appearing to her could just be a hallucination, or it ''could'' be his spirit actually coming to help her cross over. Viewers are free to interpret it as they choose. One strong argument for it to be an actual ghost is when the two treasure seekers approach with the goal of forcing Kate to tell them where she buried her treasure, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant where Sam sees and reacts to them before Kate even realizes they're present, not to mention that Stanley saw both Sam and Mary Lou during his drive to the camp as they faded away.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the scene with Kate where she's dying of dehydration trudging along lonely in the desert, Sam appearing to her could just be a hallucination, or it ''could'' be his spirit actually coming to help her cross over. Viewers are free to interpret it as they choose. One strong argument for it to be an actual ghost is when the two treasure seekers Trout and his wife approach with the goal of forcing Kate to tell them where she buried her treasure, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it instant where Sam sees and reacts to them before Kate even realizes they're present, not to mention that Stanley saw both Sam and Mary Lou during his drive to the camp as they faded away.



** Camp Green Lake is neither green nor a lake--[[spoiler: until after the story]].

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** Camp Green Lake is neither green nor a lake, though it used to be an actual lake--[[spoiler: until after the story]].



* OneSteveLimit[=/=]OneDegreeOfSeparation: No characters ever realize this, but the narration mentions that both Stanley and the Warden have ancestors with the last name "Miller". In a book with this small a cast and this tight a plot, that can't be a mistake, so you gotta wonder…

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* OneSteveLimit[=/=]OneDegreeOfSeparation: No characters ever realize this, but the narration mentions that both Stanley and the Warden have ancestors with the last name "Miller". In a book with this small a cast and this tight a plot, that can't be a mistake, so you gotta wonder…wonder...



* RefugeInAudacity: Stanley [[spoiler:steals the water truck to try and rescue Zero, right under Mr Sir's nose. He crashes it into a hole, but still… damn!]]

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* RefugeInAudacity: Stanley [[spoiler:steals the water truck to try and rescue Zero, right under Mr Sir's nose. He crashes it into a hole, but still… still, damn!]]



-->'''Mr. Sir''': Once upon a time there was a magical place where it never rained. The end.

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-->'''Mr. Sir''': Once "Once upon a time there was a magical place where it never rained. The end."



-->'''Mr. Sir''': Tell me, boy, do you see any fences or guards? No? We don't need them. You wanna know why? We've got the only water 'round here for a hundred miles in any direction. Go ahead and run away, I'm not gonna stop you. But without water, you'll be buzzard food in three days."l
* TrueCompanions: The boys of Camp Greenlake ultimately become this.

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-->'''Mr. Sir''': Tell "Tell me, boy, do you see any fences or guards? No? We don't need them. You wanna know why? We've got the only water 'round here for a hundred miles in any direction. Go ahead and run away, I'm not gonna stop you. But without water, you'll be buzzard food in three days."l
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* TrueCompanions: The boys of Camp Greenlake Green Lake ultimately become this.



* {{Unperson}}: To keep themselves for being responsible for Zero's [[spoiler:potential death in the desert]], the Warden orders his files deleted from the computer. The task is easier because Zero was a ward of the state with no family. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard But it backfires miserably.]]

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* {{Unperson}}: To keep themselves for from being held responsible for Zero's [[spoiler:potential death in the desert]], the Warden orders his files deleted from the computer. The task is easier because Zero was a ward of the state with no family. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard But it backfires miserably.]]



* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Miss Katherine, the school teacher, fell in love with Sam, the onion man. He was seen kissing her. When the people heard, they stormed the schoolhouse. Miss Katherine ran to the sheriff's office but her told her that it's against the law for a Negro to kiss a white woman. Katherine tried to get away with Sam but they shot and killed him.

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* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Miss Katherine, the white school teacher, fell in love with Sam, the black onion man. He was seen farmer. They're spotted kissing her. When and when the people heard, they stormed the Katherine's schoolhouse. Miss Katherine ran to the sheriff's office but her told her that it's against the law for a Negro to kiss a white woman. Katherine tried to get away with Sam but they shot and killed him.
4th Aug '16 7:41:43 PM KizunaTallis
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* AlliterativeName: Myra Menke, and her father Morris Menke. Also the bully who picked om Stanley in school, Derrick Dunne, only in the book and in one of the film's deleted scenes.

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* AlliterativeName: Myra Menke, and her father Morris Menke. Also the bully who picked om on Stanley in school, Derrick Dunne, only in the book and in one of the film's deleted scenes.



* AmusingInjuries: Zero smashing Pendanski across the face with a shovel. Also, in the film, Mr Sir falls into a hole when Stanley steals the water truck. At the end, when Pendanski goes back to the mess hall [[spoiler:to tell the boys they won't have to dig any more holes if they keep quiet]], he falls into a hole too.

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* AmusingInjuries: Zero smashing whacking Pendanski across the face with a shovel. Also, in the film, Mr Sir falls into a hole when Stanley steals the water truck. At the end, when Pendanski goes back to the mess hall [[spoiler:to tell the boys they won't have to dig any more anymore holes if they keep quiet]], he falls into a hole too.



* AntiVillain: Arguably the Warden, after the audience learns about what she herself had to endure as a kid from her abusive grandfather [[spoiler:Trout Walker]].



** "If only, if only, the woodpecker cries…"
** "It's destiny…"
* ArrangedMarriage: Elya Yelnats is in love with Myra Menke, but Myra's father will decide who she's going to marry; Elya or Igor Barkov. When Myra ends up being the one who has to decide between them, she just gets confused.

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** "If only, if only, the woodpecker cries…"
sighs..."
** "It's destiny…"
destiny..."
* ArrangedMarriage: Elya Yelnats is Yelnats, Stanley's great-great-grandfather, was in love with Myra Menke, but Myra's father will would decide who she's she was going to marry; Elya marry (Elya or Igor Barkov. Barkov) depending on the weight of a pig they bring him. When the pigs each man brings is of equal weight, Myra ends up being the one who has to decide between them, them and she just gets confused.



* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate]] chooses to [[spoiler: allow a yellow-spotted lizard to bite her]] rather than let [[spoiler:Trout Walker]] kill her, or tell him what he wants to know. He would have tortured her for the information.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate]] chooses to [[spoiler: allow a yellow-spotted lizard to bite her]] rather than let [[spoiler:Trout Walker]] kill her, or tell him what he wants to know. He would have tortured her for the information.information and she, by her own word, had [[DeathSeeker been wishing she was dead for a while]].



** The Warden: Excuse me?

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** The Warden: Excuse me?"Excuse me?"



* ClearMyName
* CoDragons: Mr. Sir and Dr. Pendanski to The Warden.

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* ClearMyName
ClearMyName: Stanley is sentenced to Green Lake due to being found guilty for a crime he didn't commit.
* CoDragons: Mr. Sir and Dr. Pendanski to The Warden.Warden (though the former is mixed with traits of TheBrute and the latter is also TheEvilGenius).



* CurseCutShort: Stanley nearly says the "F-Word" when he sees Mr. Sir pointing his pistol at him, which in reality [[spoiler:turns out to be at a deadly yellow-spotted lizard]].

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* CurseCutShort: Stanley nearly says the "F-Word" when he sees Mr. Sir pointing his pistol at him, which in reality [[spoiler:turns out to be aimed at a deadly yellow-spotted lizard]].



:: The Zeronis, meanwhile, translated it different differently, rendering it:

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:: The Zeronis, meanwhile, translated it different differently, rendering it:



* DrivenToSuicide: In the film, [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate lets a yellow-spotted lizard bite her, only to spite Trout. (In the book, the lizard was a lucky accident.)]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: In the film, [[spoiler:Kissin' Kate lets grabs a nearby a yellow-spotted lizard and makes it bite her, only simply to spite Trout. (In the book, the lizard was a lucky accident.)]]



-->'''Trout:''' No one says no to Trout Walker!\\
'''Kate:''' I believe I just did.

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-->'''Trout:''' No "No one says no to Trout Walker!\\
Walker!"\\
'''Kate:''' I "I believe I just did."



* TheFilmOfTheBook

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* TheFilmOfTheBookTheFilmOfTheBook: Came out in 2003 and very faithful (helped in great part by Louis Sachar himself writing the screenplay).



** The Warden's current activities stem from her horrible childhood.
** Possible reasons for criminality seem to be a minor theme of the book. For example, when Zero and his mother were homeless, they fed themselves by stealing.

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** The Warden's current activities stem from her horrible childhood.
** Possible reasons
childhood under her abusive grandfather's thumb. More specifically, [[spoiler:she's the granddaughter of Trout Walker, who went crazy in his search for criminality seem Kissin' Kate's stash. He forced his children and grandchildren to dig everyday in the lakebed with him for the rest of his life, even on ''Christmas''. And even still, she's obsessed with trying to finish what he started]]. She's a bitter, cynical and vicious woman, but it's easy to see why.
** The JustifiedCriminal seems
to be a minor theme of in the book. For example, when Zero and his mother were homeless, they fed and clothed themselves by stealing.



--> '''Magnet:''' Hey, I guess that means she looks at me all the time, huh?\\
'''Armpit:''' Man, he said "cameras and micro''phones''," not "micro''scopes''."

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--> '''Magnet:''' Hey, "Hey, I guess that means she looks at me all the time, huh?\\
huh?"\\
'''Armpit:''' Man, "Man, he said "cameras 'cameras and micro''phones''," micro''phones''', not "micro''scopes''.'micro''scopes'''."



** It may have just been an accident, but Kissin' Kate Barlow tells Trout Walker (the Warden's grandfather) before she dies that he, his children and his children's children could dig in the dried lake bed for the next 100 years and never find her treasure. Exactly 100 years later, it was found by another and the Warden was arrested without even seeing it.

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** It may have just been an accident, but Kissin' Kate Barlow tells Trout Walker (the Warden's grandfather) [[spoiler:Warden's grandfather]]) before she dies that he, his children and his children's children could dig in the dried lake bed for the next 100 years and never find her treasure. Exactly 100 years later, it was found by another and the Warden was arrested without even seeing it.
4th Aug '16 7:25:51 AM bt8257
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In 2003, it was made into a fairly faithful film by WaltDisney Pictures, the script also written by Sachar. It was directed by Creator/AndrewDavis (of ''Film/TheFugitive'' fame) and stars Creator/ShiaLaBeouf as Stanley, Creator/SigourneyWeaver as [[BigBad the Warden]], Creator/JonVoight as [[TheDragon Mr. Sir]] and a good deal of other notable actors in bit parts.

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In 2003, it was made into a fairly faithful film by WaltDisney Pictures, Pictures; the script also written by Sachar. It was directed by Creator/AndrewDavis (of ''Film/TheFugitive'' fame) and stars Creator/ShiaLaBeouf as Stanley, Creator/SigourneyWeaver as [[BigBad the Warden]], Creator/JonVoight as [[TheDragon Mr. Sir]] and a good deal of other notable actors in bit parts.
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